Formed by sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson, Heart were one of the most successful female-fronted rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s. And they remain a hugely popular live draw to this day. Here’s a look at their rollercoaster story and the nostalgic images which show them in their prime.
The origins of Heart go all the way back to 1967 when bass player Steve Fossen founded a group known as The Army. The Washington-based outfit underwent several personnel and name changes during their early years, including White Heart. They eventually released their 1970 debut album under the guise of Hocus Pocus.
Around this time, Ann Wilson began dating guitarist Roger Fisher’s brother, Mike, after the pair met at a Hocus Pocus gig. Ann then recruited both the Fisher siblings, keyboardist John Hannah and drummer Brian Johnstone to form her own rock outfit. In 1974 her sister, Nancy, joined the fold and the Heart we know and love today was officially founded.